Thought leadership, trends and insights on community matters

Martin Luther King: Continued Inspiration for a Continuous Journey

January 26, 2015 by Paul Mattessich
Dr. King’s words – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that” – speak loudly to researchers. I like to think that we have had the ability to shine at least a little bit of light by… Read more »

Caring for a Loved One from Afar

January 20, 2015 by Jen Finstad
Long-distance travel makes me reflective. I think about the 337 miles between my parents and my adult life where my job and my husband reside. And as I traveled recently on an Amtrak train to visit… Read more »

Courageous Spaces: Building Intercultural Competence and Racial Equity

December 18, 2014 by Cardina Esparza
​I am a planner in Wilder Programs and a consultant with Wilder Center for Communities. I have often been looked to and requested for my facilitation expertise and ability to lead intercultural and… Read more »

Trauma-Informed Organizations: Moving Forward

November 25, 2014 by Cheryl Holm-Hansen
If you work in human services, chances are you’ve been hearing a lot lately about trauma. Over the last few decades, we’ve learned a great deal about how we’re all impacted by traumatic events, such… Read more »

Angels and Ghosts in the Nursery

October 1, 2014 by Gael Thompson
Sarah sits across from me in my office, staring down at her hands. Her eyes fill with tears and she shakes her head.

Looking Back: My Caregiving Experience in Retrospect

July 29, 2014
​Why is life so much clearer in retrospect? With the passage of time, it is easy to look back, see the big picture and think: If I’d only known then, what I know now. I often hear caregivers voice… Read more »

Study Confirms: Supportive Housing Works and More is Needed

May 28, 2014
Among service providers and advocates there is a widely held belief that supportive housing greatly benefits those who are homeless and/or those experiencing life-altering mental or chemical health… Read more »

Fueling Academic Performance: Fostering Healthy Eating Among Students

March 26, 2014
It may not come as a surprise that youth face a number of food-related concerns, such as poor nutrition, obesity, and hunger. According to the Minnesota Department of Health, in 2010 nearly 20… Read more »